Gong Xi Fa Cai (Kung Hei Faat Choi)! An early Happy Chinese New Year from here – Concord College. Although there is still a week from the actual Lunar New Year, here in Concord, we have decided to celebrate it on Valentine’s Day, just before half term so that everyone can join (I swear it is not because we don’t want to face the agony of loneliness).
The Chinese Society, together with the Hong Kong Society had booked a sumptuous dinner in Birmingham. Many Concordians seized the opportunity and joined the meal. Needless to say, it was authentic and a refreshing change from the usual British food. According to an unscientific survey (done by me), diners enjoyed the steamed sea bass most, but for me, everything yelled delicious.
However, what struck me the most isn’t the meal or the frantic shopping we had before the dinner. It is the people that shine. It is the people who have used their weekends to arrange coaches and booked restaurants; it is the people who can sing new year songs far off pitch from our bottom of our hearts together; it is the people who we toast with our tea cups again and again; it is the people who we can rely on.
On this Chinese New Year/ Valentine’s Day, I can say that everyone feels he/she is blessed, because we have each other. We might not be in our homes, and we might not be with our families; but we are not lonely – we have another home, away from home, and that is Concord College.
The people from Concord are my other family, I am proud to say.
Yanshing Cheung 6.1